Indian Association for the
Cultivation of Science
Kolkata - 700 032
Indian Institute of
Kharagpur - 721302

School of Bioscience

The School of Bio Science (BS) has been established to facilitate cutting-edge research and education in the fields of biological and biomedical sciences. This school builds on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary research in IIT Kharagpur. Our multi-disciplinary approach will ensure diverse areas of research that include studies at the level of molecules (biochemistry, biophysics, molecular & structural biology) to organisms (cellular and developmental biology, microbiology and immunology).The overarching goal of this school is to elucidate the structure and function of biological molecules that influence the physiology of an organism, and more importantly apply these basic findings to the discovery of novel therapeutic solutions for various human diseases to enhance human health.

We aim to use state-of-the-art facilities to study biological macromolecules in both normal and diseased states. Biophysical methods such as X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy, analytical ultra-centrifugation (AUC) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) will be used to study the molecular and structural basis of macromolecular functions. A few areas of interest are - regulation of transcription factors, DNA repair mechanisms, protein folding and mis-folding, intrinsically disordered proteins, enzyme catalysis and protein engineering.

Molecular biology studies will be supported by strong research and training programs in cell biology, developmental biology and genetics. The common themes will include regulation of gene expression, signal transduction, intracellular trafficking, cell cycle and apoptosis, cell polarity and migration, cell-cell interactions, pattern formation and organ development.

A major focus of our research is the discovery of therapeutic strategies for various human diseases based on our fundamental molecular and cellular biology research. We will study many important diseases including, but not limited to, cancer, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes and tuberculosis.

Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Program in "Chemical and Molecular Biology" (Download Advertisement)

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) in collaboration with Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) announces an integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D.Program in “Chemical and Molecular Biology” starting from academic year 2016-2017. Degrees will be awarded by IIT Kharagpur. The program aims to bring two premier institutes in teaching and research together to offer courses in the interface of Biology and Chemistry. Students will participate on the course work in both the institutes. The students obtaining CGPA greater than the stipulated one will be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program after completion of M.Sc. Details of this program can be found here and applications in prescribed format can be downloaded here.
Information on this course can also be found at the IACS website (

Eligibility for Admission to the Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Program 2016 (Download Form)
  • First division at 10 and 10+2 level
  • Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Life science or Chemistry.
  • At least 55% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and
  • Subsidiaries, all years combined) for General/OBC-NCL category candidates and at least 50% aggregate marks (taking into account all subjects, including Languages and Subsidiaries, all years combined) for SC/ST and PwD category candidates in the qualifying degree.
  • For candidates with letter grades/CGPA, the candidate should secure at least 6.0 CGPA in 10 point scale.
  • Proof of having passed the Qualifying Degree with the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) as specified by the admitting institute should be submitted by September 30, 2016.
Reservation of seats will be as per MHRD norms.

Important Dates

Event Date
Last date of receiving applications 15th July 2016
Written Test at IACS Kolkata (Syllabus)24th July 2016, 10 AM to 1 PM
Interview of candidates shortlisted based on the Written Test25th - 27th July 2016
Tentative date of Admission/Registration at IIT Kharagpur5th August 2016
Start of classes at IACS Kolkata08th August 2016

Curriculum and Syllabus

Details of the course content and syllabus can be downloaded here.

For details contact:

School of Bioscience
Phone +91-3222-283300